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Pieter Van Der Merwe

Managing Director

Backed by 20 years of experience and proficiency in business law, Pieter Van Der Merwe advises clients on a variety of business matters such as acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructuring and trade transactions.

He sees himself as a normal person with a highly specialised skill-set and a passion for his field.  It does not matter if it is a newly formed company or a large listed public company, he enjoys the satisfaction of seeing his clients succeed.

Pieter has been a keynote speaker on company law and business law matters at various conferences.  He enjoys rubbing shoulders with people in the industry and contributes regularly to the firm’s blog on commercial law matters.

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Banking Law
  • Property Law

Education

  • University of the Free State, South Africa, B Proc Law degree, 1997
  • University of South Africa, South Africa, LLM Masters Law degree, 2002

Bar Admissions

  • Admitted Attorney, South Africa
  • Admitted Notary, South Africa
  • Admitted Conveyancer, South Africa

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Keshia Jaye Manolios (Née de Klerk)

Senior Associate

Keshia has over 8 years of experience in the legal industry and joined the VDMA team in 2014 where she practices as a Senior Associate and Head of the Litigation Department. Having been involved in high profile and complex cases, Keshia is an expert in dispute resolution with a wealth of experience in arbitration procedures and High Court matters. Keshia sees herself as a facilitator of business, using her keen commercial eye and experience to develop and implement solutions that are not only efficient but also advantageous for clients.

More than assisting clients’ with their legal issues, Keshia enjoys immersing herself in clients’ businesses, understanding their industry, pressure points and goals, so that she can be a true partner in their growth and success. She places great value on client relationship, and enjoys developing and driving the firm’s expansion and continuous improvement. Her leadership, dynamism and commitment to excellence shine through in everything she does.

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Education

  • University of the Johannesburg, South Africa, BCom  Law degree, 2008
  • University of the Johannesburg, South Africa, LLB degree, 2010

Bar Admissions

  • Admitted Attorney, South Africa
  • Right of Appearance, High Court, South Africa

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Marilize Jerling

Senior Associate

Marilize is a natural leader who is highly motivated, passionate and enthusiastic about the industry she operates in. Marilize specializes in corporate & commercial law and compliance and heads the Company Secretariat division of the firm as well as specializing in the establishment and protection of multinational interests in South Africa.

Marilize places great emphasis on client relationships, and enjoys using her out of the box thinking to provide clients with simple solutions to extremely complex matters. She is an acting Rotarian in her spare time.

Practice areas

  • Commercial Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Banking Law
  • Company Secretariat
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Energy

Education

  • Nelson Mandela University, South Africa, BCom  Law degree, 2010
  • Nelson Mandela University, South Africa, LLB Law degree, 2012

Bar Admissions

  • Admitted Attorney, South Africa

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Andrea Opperman

Associate

Andrea began her legal career in mergers and acquisitions in Sandton. Looking to expand in the corporate commercial industry and on her skills, she joined VDMA in 2015.

She specializes in and has a passion for corporate commercial law with a focus on deal structuring and transactional drafting. She enjoys and has an aptitude for challenging ventures and developing client specific solutions.

Andrea places great priority on and has been complimented on her attention to detail and client relations.

Practice areas

  • Commercial Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Banking Law
  • Company Secretariat

Education

  • University of Pretoria, South Africa, BCom Law degree, 2011
  • University of Pretoria, South Africa, LLB Law degree (with distinction), 2013

Bar Admissions

  • Admitted Attorney, South Africa

Professional Consultants

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Peter Wieselthaler

Immigration Attorney

Peter has been involved in South African immigration since 2003. With over 12 years experience Peter advises various international corporate clients including banks, mining firms, management consultants and food chains.

Peter has experience navigating the Regulation changes in 2005 and 2014 and brings a wealth of experience to all clients navigating through the minefield of assisting expatriates to gain access to South Africa.

Peter specialises in and only practices South African Immigration law. As a result he is seen as an authority in the field.

Education

  • University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, B.Comm (Economics)
  • University of South Africa, South Africa, LLB

Bar Admissions

  • Admitted Attorney, South Africa
  • Right of Appearance, High Court, South Africa

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Cobie de Lange

Tax Specialist

Cobie has extensive experience in tax law and related regimes and has held various senior positions at the South African Revenue Service including tax audit manager and technical advisor to the SARS Corporate Tax Centre.. Her duties also included serving on various SARS tax committees including the Objections- and Penalty Committees, Tax Appeals Committee and Legislation Committee.

Cobie brings a wealth of knowledge to VDMA with vast experience in structured finance and intellectual property tax structures.

Cobie is also an acting assessor of the Tax Court of South Africa.

Practice areas

  • Tax

Education

  • B.Comm and B.Comm(Hons) – At University of Port Elizabeth
  • MComm – University of Johannesburg

And other professional staff

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Arianna Pedersoli

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De Waal Nigrini

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Stuart Roux